Regular pet grooming plays an essential part in maintaining the overall health of your pet. Since pet groomers and salon environments are usually booked and expensive, providing pet grooming care at home is rising with most pet lovers. However, proper grooming begins with understanding what your pet was bred to do. This mostly leans to dogs as they could have been bred to hunt, sport, or provide security.
Importance of Grooming Your Pet
Grooming does more than keep your pet pretty and admirable. It is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Pet grooming:
– Removes loose fur and keeps your pet comfortable.
– Reduces matting from long-coated breeds and helps their fur stay more even on their skin.
– Removes fleas and their eggs, ticks, and other pests from the coat. This reduces risks from pest-associated illnesses.
– Keeps claws well-trimmed and evenly balanced. Claw grooming eliminates discomfort and corrects deformities.
– Areas such as eyes, paws, and around the ear help keep your pet cleaner and prevent infections.
Behavioral Challenges During Grooming
Just like humans, pets also come with all sorts of personalities. It is essential to minimize your pet’s behavior issues, so the grooming process is less stressful. While some pets are docile and easy to groom, there are myriad other problems that can still occur.
Movement – Most pets would try to get away from groomers. Extreme struggling or wriggling against groomers’ actions may make the process quite tricky.
Noise – Noise from pets while grooming could be a sign of fear, stress, or anger. When the noise gets extreme, it may disrupt the process or disturb other clients or animals.
Aggression – While grooming, expect some pets to lash out at you. Pet fights (when near unfamiliar animals or other pets), scratching, and biting of the groomer are possible.
How to Make Your Grooming Plans Work Out
There are several actions pet owners can take to help their pets love grooming.
– Ascertain your pet’s needs are met before grooming. Check if they are hungry, tired, or uncomfortable as they’ll behave poorly in a stressful situation.
– Meet with different groomers to learn their various techniques. How do they handle behavior problems and other pet’s personalities?
– Socialize your pet more frequently to get used to loud noises, other animals, strange people, and various settings.
– Train your pet to stay focused and develop a sense of comfort and stability. Familiarize the pet with your tone of voice and appropriate commands. Apart from voice commands to stop, wait, or stay behind, hand signals and other cues could make them respond well.
– Stay keen during the training or grooming sessions to spot any lousy behavior trigger by the animal or the environment. Doing away with things that upset your pet and cause bad behavior may help make the whole process enjoyable.
– Get used to doing more grooming at home. You’ll realize there are tons of grooming tasks you can handle well without changing the environment your pet is used to. Grooming at home lessens their poor behavior. You could try trimming long fur, rinsing eyes, clipping nails, etc.